Be A Builder

Each Mason, in our Grand Jurisdiction, is concerned about the rapid decline in our membership over these many years.  We hear these concerns in our conversations both in and out of the Lodge.  One of the most telling of these concerns is noted on many of the District Deputy Grand Master reports from practically every Lodge.  We see and hear these comments such as, “we need more members”, or “we need better attendance”.  Why is it we voice these concerns yet nothing is ever done about it.  If you notice a brother not attending, find out why.  Visit or call him.  Yes, electronic messaging could be used but the personal touch, speaking to him directly, just seems to work better. We cannot wring our hands and worry about our Lodges and expect something to happen, it won’t, unless you make it happen.  One cannot expect members to attend when all you do is open, read the minutes and close.  A Lodge must have a planned program.  Education must  be a part of your Lodge meeting agenda.  You program must be such that it causes your members to enjoy the meeting and in the process learn something about Masonry they not have know.  Make sure your program includes time before and after Lodge for the fellowship we enjoy so much. Each Lodge should appoint several brothers to meet and determine the Lodge needs.  They should list the needs and select those that would be most effective and recommend them to the Worshipful Master and to the Lodge, with a path to make them work.  Then again, don’t wait to be appointed.  Ask the Worshipful Master if you can help.  Every Mason in every Lodge has the responsibility to help his Lodge grow and prosper.

TELL ME AND I FORGET

TEACH ME AND I MAY REMEMBER

INVOLVE ME AND I MAY LEARN

Brother Benjamin Franklin

 

THOUGHT: The past cannot be changed but – the future is in our grasp.

William R. French

Grand Secretary